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Organization Sues Treasury Department to Reveal Shell Companies (KPBS Midday Edition Segments) | KPBS
there are many homes all across San Diego that are owned by these LLC, uh, shell companies. Uh, there is a sittin in Oakland, which is near my office in San Francisco in Emeryville of this group, moms for housing. And they're sitting in on a property that is owned by an LLC called Catamount properties 2018 LLC, and it's vacant. So they're sitting in a, in a area, West Oakland where rents are going up, where housing for purchases virtually unavailable. And there's this house used to be owned by a family now owned by a shell company. Uh, that was sitting vacant and they took it over. Well, this same shell company owns dozens of homes in the San Diego area and also in San Bernardino County and also in Los Angeles County, uh, all over. And the same is true for some of our biggest corporate landlords, like invitation homes, uh, which was created by Blackstone, which was one of America's largest private equity firms.

Speaker 2: 05:52 And this company, um, uh, Blackstone owns than 80,000 homes all across America. And so we have right now an unprecedented concentration of ownership in real estate, which is blocking families, uh, from living the American dream. And what we're trying to find out in our lawsuit is, you know, I listed some of these players, but who's behind those corporate names? Hmm. So what's the next step in this lawsuit? What we, uh, you know, when we filed our freedom of information act request last year, we were denied and then we appealed. We were denied again. Uh, then we filed a new freedom of information act request, and now we're suing.
housing  corporations  Reveal  freedom  of  information  Moms4Housing 
6 weeks ago by Quercki
Companies that work with ICE
Companies that work with ICE

This is an open source list that you can contribute to, here.

You can read more details about these contracts on Vox Recode.
ICE  corporations 
september 2019 by Quercki
CAPTURED: People in Prison Drawing People Who Should Be
we asked people in prison to paint or draw people we felt should be in prison–the CEOs of companies destroying our environment, economy, and society.

Here are the results. Click on the images to see the crimes committed by both the companies and the artists.

We present this project to help expose crimes masquerading as commerce.
CEO  corporations  crime  portrait  prison  artists 
august 2019 by Quercki
Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020 - Los Angeles Times
Schools would receive most of the new tax revenue, estimated at least $7 billion a year under the earlier version of the ballot measure. That money would be in addition to the funds K-12 schools and community colleges currently receive, estimated at $103.4 billion in the state budget enacted last month. Local governments also would receive a share of the new property tax revenue.

The focus on schools isn’t accidental . Baldassare noted that public support for the idea of loosening the property tax limits on businesses increases in polls by as much as 10 percentage points if voters are told the money will go to education.
Prop13  reform  corporations  taxes 
august 2019 by Quercki
'Corporations Are People' Is Built on a 19th-Century Lie - The Atlantic
The Supreme Court’s opinions are officially published in volumes edited by an administrator called the reporter of decisions. By tradition, the reporter writes up a summary of the Court’s opinion and includes it at the beginning of the opinion. The reporter in the 1880s was J.C. Bancroft Davis, whose wildly inaccurate summary of the Southern Pacific case said that the Court had ruled that “corporations are persons within … the Fourteenth Amendment.” Whether his summary was an error or something more nefarious—Davis had once been the president of the Newburgh and New York Railway Company—will likely never be known.

Field nonetheless saw Davis’s erroneous summary as an opportunity. A few years later, in an opinion in an unrelated case, Field wrote that “corporations are persons within the meaning” of the Fourteenth Amendment. “It was so held in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad,” explained Field, who knew very well that the Court had done no such thing.

His gambit worked. In the following years, the case would be cited over and over by courts across the nation, including the Supreme Court, for deciding that corporations had rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.
14th_amendment  corporations  persons  Supreme_Court  liars 
june 2019 by Quercki
Trustbusting is now a bipartisan issue / Boing Boing
Today, American politicians on both sides of the aisle say they want trustbusting to go back into the US government's arsenal. Matt Stoller has a bunch of practical advice for how they can proceed: direct the DOJ to enforce the Sherman Act; pass laws blocking anticompetitive mergers; use select committees to investigate and expose rigged markets from Amazon's predatory private labels to collusion in the meatpacking industry to seed company and airline and rail monopolies, as well as wage-rigging and the explosive growth of noncompetes in every sector. And of course, Congress could start breaking up the giants, from Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google to the airlines, phone companies and ISPs.
monopoly  big  corporations  competition 
january 2019 by Quercki
How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today's migration
U.S. military presence in Honduras and the roots of Honduran migration to the United States are closely linked. It began in the late 1890s, when U.S.-based banana companies first became active there. As historian Walter LaFeber writes in “Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America,” American companies “built railroads, established their own banking systems, and bribed government officials at a dizzying pace.” As a result, the Caribbean coast “became a foreign-controlled enclave that systematically swung the whole of Honduras into a one-crop economy whose wealth was carried off to New Orleans, New York, and later Boston.”

By 1914, U.S. banana interests owned almost 1 million acres of Honduras’ best land. These holdings grew through the 1920s to such an extent that, as LaFeber asserts, Honduran peasants “had no hope of access to their nation’s good soil.” Over a few decades, U.S. capital also came to dominate the country’s banking and mining sectors, a process facilitated by the weak state of Honduras’ domestic business sector. This was coupled with direct U.S. political and military interventions to protect U.S. interests in 1907 and 1911.
immigration  U.S.  corporations  military  Honduras  politics  history 
october 2018 by Quercki
Levi Strauss CEO: Business Leaders Must Take on Gun Violence | Fortune
Levi Strauss & Co. president and CEO Chip Bergh speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco. Bergh says business leaders need to take action on gun violence to help prevent more tragedies like Parkland.
Levi Strauss & Co. president and CEO Chip Bergh speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco. Bergh says business leaders need to take action on gun violence to help prevent more tragedies like Parkland.
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images
By Chip Bergh September 4, 2018

In November 2016, I wrote an open letter requesting that gun owners not bring firearms into our stores, offices, or facilities, even in states where it’s permitted by law. This was following an incident in one of our stores in which a customer accidentally shot and injured himself while trying on a pair of jeans. While that was bad, it could have been worse: The bullet could have killed him, another customer, or one of our employees.

In the days after I published that letter, I received threats to our stores, our business, and even on my life. It was unsettling. But these personal attacks pale in comparison to the threats that activists and survivors from Parkland, Sandy Hook, and daily incidents of gun violence face every time they speak up on this issue.

As president and CEO of a values-driven company that’s known the world over as a pioneer of the American West and one of the great symbols of American freedom, I take the responsibility of speaking up on the important issues of our day very seriously. We can’t take on every issue. But as business leaders with power in the public and political arenas, we simply cannot stand by silently when it comes to the issues that threaten the very fabric of the communities where we live and work. While taking a stand can be unpopular with some, doing nothing is no longer an option.

That’s why Levi Strauss & Co. is stepping up our support for gun violence prevention.
gun  violence  Levi  corporations 
september 2018 by Quercki
The West Virginia Democrat candidate who was dragged away for calling out gas-money-dependent lawmakers has raised record-breaking sums / Boing Boing
When Lissa Lucas stood up at a public meeting of the West Virginia legislature and read into the record the gas-industry campaign contributions that lawmakers had received prior to taking a favorable view on allowing gas-drillers to drill in West Virginians' property, she was dragged out of the chamber.

Lucas is running for a seat in the West Virginia legislature; prior to being dragged away from the mic, she had raised a mere $4,000. Now she's raised $42,987, which is more than anyone has ever raised in a West Virginia race -- more, in fact, than all the candidates for her seat combined raised during the last election.

Lucas favors instituting public campaign finance rules that would make such private fundraising much less significant during election campaigns.
campaign  finance  vote  corporations  donate  money 
february 2018 by Quercki
LA Times barred from press-screenings of Disney movies after reporting on corporate welfare in Anaheim / Boing Boing
After running Daniel Miller's long, excellent features about the many ways in which Disney has manipulated the local politics of Anaheim (home of Disneyland) to extract huge subsidies from the cash-strapped city, the company retaliated by barring its film critic from future press screenings of its films, a move that the company confirmed, calling the coverage "unfair."

Miller's feature described how Disney's PAC in Anaheim made campaign contributions to local election candidates that "dwarfed the money raised by the candidates it opposed." Local government in Anaheim has made a number of seemingly inexplicable decisions that offered millions in direct subsidy to Disney: for example, the city spent $108.2m to build Disneyland's new parking garage (where visitors pay between $20 and $35/day to park), and charges the company $1/year to lease it. The garage was financed with bonds that will pay out $1.1B in interest, and when they are paid off, the company will own the garage.

Disney was also given a 45-year tax holiday from the city's entertainment tax, and a $267m tax-rebate in return for building a luxury hotel on the Disneyland property.
Disney  Anaheim  corporations  greed  press  revenge 
november 2017 by Quercki
The Recent History of Fat Stigma – Mean fat girl – Medium
Weight Watchers went from a profit of $45 million dollars in 1992 to a $50 million dollar loss in 1994. Jenny Craig’s earnings went down by 84 percent in 1993. NutriSystem declared bankruptcy in 1993. The FTC filed deceptive advertising claims against both Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. (1)
This low point for the diet industry led to a sustained campaign of misinformation and stigmatization and led to a partnership between Weight Watchers style diet companies with pharmaceutical companies selling diet pills.
These partners used the same tactics oil companies would use to confuse the issue of climate change- lobbying members of Congress, funding fake “grassroots” campaigns, paying for scientists to write favorable papers to support them, placing members of their industry inside the regulatory and watchdog arms of the government.
The company selling diet pills was called Wyeth. And the diet pill was fen phen.
fat  stigma  drugs  pharmaceutical  corporations  lies 
june 2017 by Quercki
Scott Walker, the John Doe files and how corporate cash influences American politics | US news | The Guardian
Leaked court documents from ‘John Doe investigation’ in Wisconsin lay bare pervasive influence of corporate cash on modern US elections....
Because Scott Walker asked. That could stand as an elegant catchphrase for the state of democracy in the US today, where elections are lost or won as much according to candidates’ ability to attract corporate cash as by the strength of their leadership or ideas.

The phrase is to be found within a batch of 1,500 pages of leaked documents obtained by the Guardian that are being published in their entirety for the first time. The cache consists of a stack of evidence gathered by official prosecutors in Wisconsin who were conducting what was called a “John Doe investigation” into suspected campaign finance violations by Walker's campaign and its network.

The John Doe files published today open a door onto how modern US elections operate in the wake of Citizens United, the 2010 US supreme court ruling that unleashed a flood of corporate money into the political process. They speak to the mounting sense of public unease about the cosy relationship between politicians and big business, and to the frustration of millions of Americans who feel disenfranchised by an electoral system that put the needs of corporate donors before ordinary voters.
Scott_Walker  Citizens_United  corporations  politics  money 
september 2016 by Quercki
The Myth Behind Public School Failure | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
The reason for privatization
Chris Hedges, the former New York Times correspondent, appeared on Democracy Now! in 2012 and told host Amy Goodman the federal government spends some $600 billion a year on education—“and the corporations want it. That’s what’s happening.  And that comes through charter schools. It comes through standardized testing. And it comes through breaking teachers’ unions and essentially hiring temp workers, people who have very little skills.”

If you doubt Hedges, at least trust Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul and capitalist extraordinaire whose Amplify corporation already is growing at a 20 percent rate, thanks to its education contracts. “When it comes to K through 12 education,” Murdoch said in a November 2010 press release, “we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching.”

Corporate-speak for, “Privatize the public schools. Now, please.”

In a land where the free market has near-religious status, that’s been the answer for a long time. And it’s always been the wrong answer. The problem with education is not bad teachers making little Johnny into a dolt. It’s about Johnny making big corporations a bundle—at the expense of the well-educated citizenry essential to democracy.
education  schools  privatization  corporations 
february 2016 by Quercki
AllTrials – Clinical trial publishing game, from The Economist
The results of around half of all clinical trials have never been published. Failing to publish results means the people who make decisions about medicines don’t have full information about the benefits and risks of treatments we use every day.

Use The Economist’s publication bias simulator to run clinical trials yourself, decide which trials to publish, and see how much your decision to withhold results skews the medical evidence.
medicine  research  trials  bias  publishing  drugs  corporations  games 
november 2015 by Quercki
Trick-or-treating nightmares are urban legends - Salon.com
Fears of murderous Halloween maniacs also fit in with a broader sense that children were becoming especially weak and vulnerable to danger. Historians of childhood have documented a general shift in the postwar period toward securing, protecting, and controlling children. As Howard Chudacoff has noted, children’s play became increasingly confined and controlled after the 1950s as parents worked to keep their children safe from all manner of harm, both real and imaginary. The rapid transformation of trick or treat exemplifies this trend. After 1960, parents moved quickly to protect children from Halloween dangers, severely curtailing their after-dark movements, imposing supervision where children previously would have been left alone, and claiming the prerogative to examine and confiscate any “suspect” treats or candies. Through the 1970s and 1980s, no Halloween was complete without dire warnings of what might befall a child who enjoyed Halloween without the proper adult protection.
fearmongering  halloween  children  candy  corporations  profit 
october 2015 by Quercki
Flashmob choir interrupts TTIP congress - Boing Boing
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a secret EU/US trade agreement that "puts the right to profit above all other rights," in the words of one MEP.

Like its cousin, the Trans Pacific Partnership, TTIP is being negotiated by trade officials and industry reps, without any oversight from elected legislators and without any participation by citizens' groups, environmental groups, or labor groups. And like TPP, it is expected to arrive with Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions that lets offshore corporations sue your government to overturn the democratically enacted environmental, labor and safety laws that undermine their profitability.

At a pro-TTIP congress where the Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister was promoting the treaty, a flashmob of attendees stood up singly and then in bunches, singing "Do You Hear the People Sing?" a rousing revolutionary song from Les Miserables, as the moderator sputtered with comic ineffectualness into the microphone. It's a hell of a video.

At this point, you may be asking yourself, well, so what? It's not like interrupting this one meeting will stop TTIP from grinding on.

You're right. This won't stop it.

The reason TTIP and TPP are steamrolling on is that, like all the most dangerous evils in the world, they are profoundly boring. It is virtually impossible to get anyone out there interested in them, and so there's virtually no discussion of them, even though they will affect every bit of your life and your kids' lives, in ways large and small, ranging from whether the water in your tap comes out literally on fire to whether you're entitled to compensation when your employer's negligence maims you for life.

Dullness is a huge fitness factor for bad stuff. And what these brave, singing people have done is make TTIP slightly less dull.
TPP  TTIP  secret  trade  agreements  corporations  profit  flashmob  song 
july 2015 by Quercki
Who profits from our new war? Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans - Salon.com
A massive, $7.2 billion Army intelligence contract signed just 10 days ago underscores the central role to be played by the National Security Agency and its army of private contractors in the unfolding air war being carried out by the United States and its Gulf States allies against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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INSCOM’s “global intelligence support” contract will place the contractors at the center of this fight. It was unveiled on Sept. 12 by the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), one of the largest military units that collects signals intelligence for the NSA.

Under its terms, 21 companies, led by Booz Allen Hamilton, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, will compete over the next five years to provide “fully integrated intelligence, security and information operations” in Afghanistan and “future contingency operations” around the world.
war  NSA  corporations 
september 2014 by Quercki
Maps of corporate tax-avoidance hairballs - Boing Boing
OpenCorporates has a data-visualization tool for peering into the corporate tax-evasion structures of big corporations -- subsidiaries nested like Russian dolls made from Klein bottles:
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All told, Goldman Sachs consists of more than 4000 separate corporate entities all over the world, some of which are around ten layers of control below the New York HQ.

Of those companies approximately a third are registered in nations that might be described as tax havens.Indeed, in the world of Goldman Sachs, the Cayman Islands are bigger than South America, and Mauritius is bigger than Africa.
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Tim Harford's 2011 book Adapt proposes an ingenious regulatory solution to this problem, explaining how it might have been applied to companies like Lehman, whose complex structures drew out the post-bankruptcy mess for years and years. He suggested that if banks were stress-tested to determine how long they'd take to sort out after a bankruptcy, and then required to keep reserve capital necessary to run all operations through that whole period, they would be strongly incentivized to have the most simple, transparent corporate structures. Otherwise, they'd have to tie up billions of dollars in escrow to keep the doors open in the event that it all collapsed.

OpenCorporates | How complex are corporate structures? (via JWZ)
tax-evasion  corporations 
july 2014 by Quercki
250 Years of Campaigns, Cash, and Corruption | Mother Jones
250 Years of Campaigns, Cash, and Corruption
From George Washington to Citizens United, a timeline of America's history of political money games.
—By Asawin Suebsaeng, Andy Kroll, and Aaron Ross | Thu Aug. 9, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

The history of money in American politics is one of shady characters and a dramatic battle between the forces of reform and influence that goes  back more than 250 years before the birth of the super-PAC. Check out this timeline for its juiciest events and milestones. (It may take a few seconds to load.)
politics  corruption  PAC  corporations 
april 2014 by Quercki
250 Years of Campaigns, Cash and Corruption | BillMoyers.com
This timeline first appeared at Mother Jones.*

The history of money in American politics is one of shady characters and a dramatic battle between the forces of reform and influence that goes back more than 250 years before the birth of the super PAC. Check out this timeline for its juiciest events and milestones. (It may take a few seconds to load.)
politics  corruption  PAC  corporations 
april 2014 by Quercki
Hackers Leak Walmart’s Guide on How to Silence Workers • Making Change at Walmart
Hackers Leak Walmart’s Guide on How to Silence Workers

Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published a number of Walmart’s internal training materials on how to discourage workers from coming together for action. The documents, demanding loyalty and that all signs of worker dissatisfaction be reported immediately, “would sound right at home in a training manual for prison guards, or as text from Brave New World,” in the words of Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan.

The eerily Big Brother-esque documents have drawn comparisons to the TSA and Homeland security. As MSNBC wrote:

“If you see something, say something” is no longer just a motto for the Department of Homeland Security. It’s also how Walmart plans to snuff out labor organizing drives before they happen, according to internal company documents leaked on Tuesday.
The leaked documents not only reveal Walmart’s internal attitude and fear of its workers speaking out, but come at a particularly interesting moment, as the company has found itself at the center of multiple legal battles over its workers’ rights abuses.
Wal-Mart  Occupy_Wall_Street  anonymous  work  rights  corporations 
march 2014 by Quercki
Walmart Organizes Against Workers | OccupyWallSt.org
Following the release of a claim from Anonymous that Walmart would be targeted, we received the following secret internal documents on Walmart’s attempts to thwart workers who are mobilizing for basic rights and a decent wage. These documents go a long way in revealing just how scared Walmart is of its own workers standing together for change.
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FACT CHECK: Walmart falsely claims that OUR Walmart is seeking union recognition and trying to build a union, because under US labor law, this would take away some of the rights of striking workers. OUR Walmart workers have gone on strike to stand up to Walmart’s retaliation against workers when they have come together to speak out about issues like decent pay, respect in the workplace and getting enough hours to survive. These are legally protected unfair labor practice strikes. Walmart wants people to believe that these are strikes for union recognition so that it can freely fire and target workers, rather than be forced to obey the law and respect their right to speak up.
Occupy_Wall_Street  Wal-Mart  Fascism  corporations  rights 
march 2014 by Quercki
What are Farm Subsidy Payments? || EWG Farm Subsidy Database
Despite the rhetoric of "preserving the family farm," the vast majority of farmers do not benefit from federal farm subsidy programs. Small commodity farmers qualify for a mere pittance, while producers of meat, fuits, and vegetables are almost completely left out of the subsidy game (i.e. they can sign up for subsidized crop insurance and often receive federal disaster payments).

The subsidized crops benefit from an increasingly complex layering of subsidy programs begun in the 1930s and altered haphazardly ever since. The primary subsidy system today consists of the following elements, each of which will be explained in more detail below.

Direct payments are paid at a set rate every year regardless of conditions.
Counter-cyclical payments are triggered when market prices fall below certain thresholds.
A new revenue assurance program provides for overall profitability for a given crop.
Marketing loans offer very favorable terms whereby farmers can realize tremendous gains through loan deficiency payments (LDPs) and commodity certificates.
Disaster payments recoup large losses due to natural phenomena. And the government subsidizes crop insurance to further insulate farmers from risk.
farm  subsidy  corn  corporations  welfare 
september 2012 by Quercki
United States Corn Subsidies || EWG Farm Subsidy Database
Corn Subsidies** in the United States totaled $81.7 billion from 1995-2011.
corn  subsidy  corporations  welfare 
september 2012 by Quercki
Getting Paid 93 Cents a Day in America? Corporations Bring Back the 19th Century | Civil Liberties | AlterNet
The Corrections Corporation of America and G4S (formerly Wackenhut), the two largest prison corporations, sell inmate labor at subminimum wages to Fortune 500 corporations like Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, and IBM.
prison  slavery  racism  corporations 
april 2012 by Quercki
Skirmish with Amazon draws new attention to Bay Area bookstore - latimes.com
"At a very young age, we were expected to have opinions, to have veneration for elders and to be well read," said Johnson, 27, a UC Berkeley doctoral student who is among the third generation to help run Marcus Books, the nation's oldest African American bookstore.

So it came as no surprise in December when Johnson took a stand on behalf of small businesses nationwide by launching a petition against retail giant Amazon.com.

As part of a holiday shopping promotion, Amazon had offered customers a price break if they used a smart phone app to scan products' costs in brick-and-mortar stores and then bought them online instead. Although the promotion did not apply to books — Amazon said it was aimed at electronics sold in "major retail chain stores" — it infuriated booksellers long stressed by Internet competition.

"Marcus Books is still here but it's a struggle," Johnson wrote in the petition. The price-check app, she continued, "goes beyond simple competition in a free marketplace. It represents an ugly race to the bottom that … will lead to long-term pain for communities in the form of lost jobs and tax revenues."

More than 11,000 people so far have signed the change.org petition, which asks Amazon to swear off such promotions and apologize.
books  marketing  corporations  Oakland 
january 2012 by Quercki
The Double Taxation of Corporate Profits and Other Fairy Tales | Beat the Press
The usually insightful Steven Pearlstein swallowed a big one today in pushing the line that the taxation of corporate profits when they are paid out as dividends amounts to "double taxation." The problem with this story is that the corporation really is a distinct entity from the individual who receives dividends. In fact, according to the Supreme Court, they are actually distinct persons.

This is not a philosophical question; it is a very concrete economic one. No one is forced to organize a business as a corporation. Anyone can operate any business as a partnership. Partnerships do not pay a separate tax, the partners only pay tax on the profits as individuals.

In this sense, the corporate income tax is 100 percent a voluntary tax. It is paid only because people consider the benefits of corporate status to be worth more than the taxes that they must pay.

This removes any logical possibility of double taxation. The corporate income tax is effectively the fee that stockholders pay for the benefits of corporate status. By holding stock, they have voted with their feet to pay this tax. Their income, and the tax on it, should be treated as distinct from the corporate income. If individuals are not paying tax on their dividends and capital gains then it is not taxed.  

[Stuart Levine offers well-taken correction below. Only closely held partnerships avoid taxation. Any partnership that had publicly traded share would be subject to taxation. Of course, this is still a choice made by owners of the partnership.]
corporations  taxes 
november 2011 by Quercki
Corporate TAxpayer & Corporate Tax Dodgers 2008-2010
NEW REPORT: 280 Most Profitable U.S. Corporations Shelter Half Their Profits from Taxes.

“These 280 corporations received a total of nearly $224 billion in tax subsidies,” said Robert McIntyre, Director at Citizens for Tax Justice and the report’s lead author. “This is wasted money that could have gone to protect Medicare, create jobs and cut the deficit.”

30 Companies average less than zero tax bill in the last three Years, 78 had at least one no-tax year.

Financial services received the largest share of all federal tax subsidies over the last three years. More than half the tax subsidies for companies in the study went to four industries: financial services, utilities, telecommunications, and oil, gas & pipelines.

U.S. corporations with significant foreign profits paid tax rates to foreign countries that were almost a third higher than they paid to the IRS on their domestic profits.
taxes  corporations  corruption  Occupy_Wall_Street 
november 2011 by Quercki
The Boston Tea Party Revealed | Truthout
There is such il lumina tion in learn ing, for ex am ple, that in 1886 the Sup reme Court had not, in fact, gran ted cor pora tions the rights of per sons— or in dis cover ing that the battle bet ween work ing peo ple and what Grov er Cleveland cal led the “iron heel” of cor porate power was ac tual ly at the core of the American Re volu tion.

While the Pilgrims were early ar riv ers to America, and their deeds and ex peri ences make outstand ing folklore, they weren’t the co untry’s found ers. This co unt ry was for mal ly settled ninete en years be fore the pilgrims’ ar riv al, when land from the At lantic to the Mis sis sippi was staked out by what was then the world’s lar gest trans nation al cor pora tion. The Pilgrims ar rived in America in 1620 ab oard a boat they char tered from that cor­pora tion. That boat, the Mayf low er, had al ready made three trips to North America from En gland on be half of the East India Com pany, the cor pora tion that owned it.
teaparty  corporations  history 
april 2011 by Quercki
The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s | Thom Hartmann - News & info from the #1 progressive radio show
The real Boston Tea Party was a protest against huge corporate tax cuts for the British East India Company, the largest trans-national corporation then in existence. This corporate tax cut threatened to decimate small Colonial businesses by helping the BEIC pull a Wal-Mart against small entrepreneurial tea shops, and individuals began a revolt that kicked-off a series of events that ended in the creation of The United States of America.
teaparty  history  corporations 
april 2011 by Quercki
YouTube - Thom Hartmann: Must see! The TRUE story of the Tea Party
the true story of the original Tea Party from the only eye-witness account.
teaparty  history  corporations 
april 2011 by Quercki
Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich
Even Lost Wars Make Corporations RichSunday 09 January 2011by: Chris Hedges  |  Truthdig | Op-Ed

Anti-war rally in Austin, Texas, January 26, 2007. (Photo: That Other Paper)Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the press. It is not arbitrated by a judiciary that protects us from predators. Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.
war  corporations  plutocracy  peace 
january 2011 by Quercki
YouTube - I am voting Republican because...Vote on November 2, 2010
People explaining why they want the big corporations to run our lives.
funny  video  politics  corporations 
october 2010 by Quercki

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